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One For Alfie – It All Started With A Fall Down The Pit Shaft

I was having a look on the internet to see whether or not I could find some inquest details relating to my great aunt Ada’s first husband, Harold Swift; he was killed owing to his 300 feet fall down New Brancepth  pit shaft in 1940; during the search process, and not to make light of Harold’s demise, I stumbled myself. Right into  family photographs relating to the Rothwell’s, McGovern’s, Clark’s, Richards’ and more! It may be that Alfie has already see them – they may even be on site for all I know – but  hopefully we will hear!

If you google – New Brancepeth 1940 – up come Dave and Lizzie Richards. Alternatively it can be got to by Flickr vegaways photostream – once in put   Rothwell    into the search box.

Absolutely sensational for Alfie – maybe. Interesting for all of us anyway.

Check out Dave and Lizzie Richards on FLICKR <<<HERE>>>


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  1. February 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Surprising and interesting where you can end up.. after a few ckicks of the mouse,, easy to lose a few hours. Thanks Wilf… i will check out the URL,s when back on pc.


  2. graham
    February 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    harold swift was my 1st great grand uncle

    interested in tracing the swift family further from their origin in derbyshire

  3. wilfb
    February 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Graham – there is more on this site regarding Harold and Ada. You may well get to it with the search box. The material is there. His death is also mentioned on the Durham Mining Museum site.

    • graham
      February 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks wilf
      Yes already been on dmm website.
      3 more of my family tree died in the pits new brancepeth area.
      Interesting in some ways, a lot of deaths occured due to sepicaemia / cuts , often due to pit pony bites ! Before wound care and anti biotics I guess.
      best regards

  4. Alf Rothwell
    February 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Hello Wilf, Yes I already knew about vegaways photostream. There are some amazing memories after seeing loads of photographs of relations. I see you are still producing some great stories. Keep them coming,you make this site worth looking at!! All the Best, Alf R

  5. Roy
    February 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Many young people have no concept of what a pit pony was or how it lived & worked. Pitponyman has uploaded a few video shorts onto YouTube of 1990’s Pit Ponies in Wales. Search you tube for pitponyman videos and enjoy.

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